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Help translating 海南鸡饭 - 3

I've come across Zhang Shaolin's Hoi-nam kai-fan (characters 海南鸡饭, lyrics only in subtitles), a song in Hakka. It is split into three parts. This question concentrates on part 3, part 2 being here and ...
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What does this translate to in English? [closed]

幼师 喜欢翻唱微博: 动词大茗音 Please help translate this for me, thanks!
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The real meaning of “傲嬌”

Until recently, I have known the meaning of this word as described on the wiki page. I thought it is used to refer to people, particularly female, who are cold on the outside and hot, as in intimate, ...
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Meaning of “不了” in “忘不了/喝不了/…”

I know that 了 after a verb means a completion or termination of a certain action, such as: 吃飽了 (I am) full. 開始了 (It) has started. 不動了 (It) is not moving anymore. But what about 了 ...
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A translation for “嫂子”?

I know what 嫂子 means literally, but is there an alternative meaning for it? For example, it's like a "title" I suppose when a person doesn't know their name and just calls them that.
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Any english equivalent for “前輩” or “晚輩”?

It's used in respect for talking to a superior and respectfully, so is there even an english equivalent for it or is it just a special title used for Chinese?
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What is smaller than 小

There are so many ways to say "tiny" it seems. What is the most common way to say "tiny" to something, as in size, an object. Like a tiny insect, or tiny butterfly. Small in English, is still ...
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What does 神逻辑 mean?

I've encountered this word online. If you google "神逻辑" (with quotes) you'll find mostly instances where it's used as a standalone noun. Anyone know what it means, and maybe its origin/the explanation ...
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How to say “gibberish” in Chinese?

I have been on multiple sentence bases and have found words such as 胡言乱语,词不达意。。。But is there another, better term?
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Any “casual” translation for 遵命?

遵命 It's said from a person of lesser position to a person of higher position, ie from soldier to general. What would be a more "casual" way of translating it into English other than "As you ...
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Translation/Colloquial Equivalents: “There's More Than One Way To Skin A Cat”

I've come across a few, very poor, literal translations for the English, “there's more than one way to skin a cat”: 给猫剥皮不止有一种方法 (谚)达到目的的方法不止一种 到达目标的设施多得很。 What colloquial ...
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Standards: Japanese - Chinese Name Translations

Very rarely will you see a Japanese name in Chinese without 汉字. What rules are there for translating Japanese names into Chinese? Take for instance the name Yoshi (よし) 汉字 include: 与四、与志、与子、与士、与司, ...
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Translation from english to chinese:

I've tried to translate the first part of the song The final countdown, can you correct me? We're leaving together 我們離開一起。 But still it's farewell 但是,還有告別。 And maybe we'll come back 可能我們來到這兒一邊 To ...
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Which Harry Potter Translation is better

I have two versions of Harry Potter (book 1) in mandarin chinese. Although the translation are mostly the same. There are enough difference to make me wonder if one is better than the other. By better ...
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How to translate: 我发音得不太准

我发音得不太准. Does it translate as "My pronunciation is the best/exact?" What is the meaning of 准? Does it depends on the context?
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What does it mean by “失敗就懷孕”?

I'm reading a web novel, and it states: “大約是失敗就懷孕之類的任務吧……” What does "懷孕" mean or represent in this context?
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What does “蕊屁” mean?

At https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyNNvgW1dSg&lc=z13jt1khfxr4zzw0k225sjfzzyn1hhebs04, someone wrote: 看完電影後整晚都在蕊屁OST Another person wrote in reply: +1 瘋狂蕊批 What does "蕊屁" mean?
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Sect vs School for “宗門”

宗門 In the context of ancient China times, and in a fantasy novel, where people collect disciples for martial arts and whatnot. Would xx sect be better or xx school? Or even xx faction instead of ...
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What does this woman say in Chinese? (From the new Daredevil tv show)

I was watching the new Daredevil show and noticed this bit. I was hoping somebody might be able to explain what the elderly lady is saying...Thanks. Here is the clip: ...
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What does “現代修真” mean?

現代修真 Is a type/category of novel, but what does it mean in English? 現代 Is basically modern, but what would 修真 mean in this case? If 修真 means "Cultivating True Virtue", it doesn't ...
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English Equivalent of “修煉”?

For example 修煉體係 What would an English translation for that be? Google says "Taoism", but that doesn't sound right, although it may be very slightly correct. I could only think of "Qi ...
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What is the meaning of 串串儿?

The only translation I can find has to do with strings...? I heard this phrase when someone was speaking about 四川菜, is this related to 火锅? Is this phrase a joke of sorts about the Sichuan dialect ? ...
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What does “翻起了短信” mean?

xxx翻起了短信 I know that 翻 can mean flp, cross, etc. So does the phrase mean "flipping through messages" or "crossing through messages", aka "deleting messages"? Could it also mean "replying to ...
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How to say this sentence in Chinese [closed]

Do you know what this guy thought about the breakfast in that restaurant? It's never too early to get diarrhea!
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How to say “in front of everyone” in Chinese

I have 在大家面前 and 在公共场所。It is for the sentence "I don't want to say this in front of everyone."
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An English equivalent of “還真是抬舉他了”?

I understand what it means, ([I] really overpraised him or something), but I can't figure out a good english translation of it. It has the meaning of "overlooking" or "looked up" or something, but I ...
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What's “that” and “which” in Chinese

I know that for sentences such as "this is a port that has been closed for 20 years" I could use 的 or start another phrase. Is it this way for "which" as well?
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Translating a sentence

"I'd rather be a dick than a swallower" Pretty straightforward. I tried to solve it by using google translate and what little of Chinese language knowledge I've got but I'm still not sure about it. ...
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Ingredients of zongzi

Chinese friends brought us zongzi from China. I copied ingredients from two packs: Pack 1 桃豆蜜枣粽 糯米,饮用水,蜜枣,鹰嘴豆,白砂糖,食品植物油。 红枣桂圆粽 糯米,饮用水,花生,红枣,桂圆,白砂糖。 Pack 2 蛋黄鲜肉粽 ...
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What does this headline mean?

女子700万买下学位房学区调整致算盘落空. I looked the words up individually using MDBG and also used Google Translate to get a general idea, but it still didn't make any sense.
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What would 黑著臉 mean?

黑著臉, Directly translating it, it would be "blacking his face", so is it something like "his face went dark" (Not even sure if that means anything or is proper in english). Could it also be something ...
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What is the translation of this nameplate? [closed]

I'm in a need of this product and I can't seem to find what this nameplate means anywhere. I'm looking for a name of the manufacturer or something that point me to that.
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Chinese use of abstract “saw?”

I'm trying to accurately translate an abstract use of "saw." Example: the Korean War saw fighting between America and the PRC. 朝鲜战争看到了美国与中华人民共和国之间的战斗。 Now, I have no idea if that sentence is ...
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What is the meaning of this?

I was on the internet, and I found this slogan 我待国足如初恋. Does this mean "I treat national soccer like first love?"
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What is the difference between 参加 and 参与?

I have been using these interchangeably, until today I was corrected, being told that one "参加活动”, not "参与活动“. I then looked up the definition, but it wasn't too helpful. How do I know when to use ...
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Subway door announcement mystery

I think probably every metro system around the world has to have an audio announcement warning passengers to stay away from the train's doors as they're closing. Here in New York, a pre-recorded voice ...
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Translation for “ray of sunlight after rain”

I am looking for a Chinese translation of the Swahili word kianga, which has the following meanings: burst of light burst of sunshine clear up (after rain) ray of sunlight after rain clearing up (of ...
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How to say: subway line is not in operation

How to say in Chinese: Today part of the blue subway line is not in operation. Should it be 在操作? Or another word?
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Translation of “要” in “我去要出租车”

"我去要出租车" What is the meaning of "要" in this sentence?
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Is 你好,北京 grammatical?

Today Victoria Beckham tweeted it. But is this reverse form (as opposed to 北京,你好) correct?
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How to ask for a given choice of options?

In English one way to ask which option is the right one is by using whether: Could you tell me, whether you are a student, teacher or visitor? How would this be realized in Chinese?
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Can the famous paradox 白马非马 be translated into English?

This is embarrassing, but let's face it. It is a problem caused by Chinese grammar. A white horse is not a horse. -- false, but no paradox. White horses are not horses. -- false, but no ...
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How to translate 掩耳盗铃 into English?

Preferably an idiom just as picturesque and succinct. Thanks. Here's the original meaning: The expression 掩耳盗铃 comes from a story about a person who decided to steal a bell. However, the bell ...
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Which one is correct, “有名” or “受欢迎”

I want to say "comics are so popular in japan" According to Google Translate, the word "popular" doesn't translate to Chinese as "有名". It translates as "受欢迎" I am confused about which one is correct. ...
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How best translate 真的要 in to english

I got the following sentence from Chinese pod: 对不起,我今天真的要扫你的兴了,我不能去。 The translation provided goes like this: Sorry, today I'm going to take the wind from your sails, I can't go. Though I feel a ...
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What would a good gaming translation for 灵术 be?

I found this online, and I'm not really sure how it can be translated to english. 灵 = spirit 术 = technique/surgery So I think it would either be spirit technique, or spirit surgery, but neither ...
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Translation: 机制 (better translations)

机制 is often translated, simply, as: mechanism(s), and often quite ridgidly so. Especially if we look at definitions of a word like 应急机制 KEY 1 emergency response mechanism(s) 2 contingency ...
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毛虫,肉虫,2 kinds of caterpillar

毛虫,肉虫,2 kinds of caterpillar, Wikipedia and 百度百科 both state that larvae of butterflies come in two varieties, 肉虫 and 毛虫 (in that order: 幼虫的形状多样,有肉虫,也有毛虫。), and there are plenty of pictures of both ...
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Backwards Translation: “Self-Willed”

South China Morning Post (SCMP) ran an article recently called: "Online slang that found its way into leader's speech." The article said (emphasis is my own): Online slang that found its way into ...
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How do you say "probably''?

How do you say "probably" in Chinese as in: "probably we will start having lessons next month"......can you use 可能 or 有可能? Can you give me an example of where these are placed in a sentence and how ...